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Welcome to the blog of Shayne Morrissey, the resident interior designer at Morrissey Home Solutions.

Ward Parkway/Fort Worth, TX

Ward Parkway/Fort Worth, TX

Before & After: A remodel featuring a 1940's home nestled in Fort Worth's historic Berkeley Place Neighborhood Association. 

I was asked to redesign the kitchen that was added onto the home several decades after its original inception. My first realization upon arriving was that the kitchen looked to be exactly what it was... an addition. Little consideration had been given to preserving the historical integrity of the home.

 Before: Dark cabinetry, heavy handed faux finished walls, Corian countertops 

Before: Dark cabinetry, heavy handed faux finished walls, Corian countertops 

 After: White cabinetry, subway tile, light walls 

After: White cabinetry, subway tile, light walls 

I have been intrigued with older homes from a young age, and for that reason I am obsessed with preserving elements of their original character, so that's what I set out to do at Ward Parkway.  My concept was to remodel the kitchen so that elements of the original architecture echoed throughout (Hello, can you hear me?). But seriously.

 Before: Small island, straight lay tile floors, tricky configuration, and a lot of rectangular angles 

Before: Small island, straight lay tile floors, tricky configuration, and a lot of rectangular angles 

 After: Large island with seating, antique brass fixtures, thoughtful design, brick archway, custom fireplace hearth

After: Large island with seating, antique brass fixtures, thoughtful design, brick archway, custom fireplace hearth

Though I am annoyingly nostalgic, I am aware that we live in modern times, and we appreciate our modern conveniences (like a 36" stainless dual gas range oven).  It isn't about making it 100% historically accurate, but I like to make people question whether certain parts of the remodel were repurposed from the home's original design. I get a lot of happiness out of making spaces better than I found them.

 Before: Dark and dated 

Before: Dark and dated 

 After: Light and bright with state-of-the-art stainless steel KitchenAid appliances 

After: Light and bright with state-of-the-art stainless steel KitchenAid appliances 

There are certain homes that have real soul about them, meaning they warm you up and make you feel good. Kind of  like that first cup of hot coffee on Sunday morning. That's a feeling I aspire to evoke in my clients. 

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A Few of My Favorite Things...

A Few of My Favorite Things...